Governor sends aids to discuss economic development

The director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development will be in Craig on Sept. 22 to reflect on Gov. Owens' commitment to focus on rural economic development.

David Solin, along with members of his staff, will meet with community leaders and those involved in economic development from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 201 at the Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig (CNCC) Bell Tower building in Craig. The conference will be an effort to create a balanced economy in Colorado with the help of communities such as Craig.

Craig and surrounding communities will be immersed in talk of economical development strategies and the support of state government.

"We want Governor Owens to know Northwest Colorado better than he does," said Pattie Snidow, CNCC director of business and industry training and economic development and the organizer of the economic development conference. "David Solin will allow us the opportunity to express our diverse needs for moderate economic development."

Solin's staff members Richard Mower, business development and finance manager, and J.J. Johnston, Western Slope representative for Solin's office, will also be making presentations. After each presentation, the three presenters will be available for questions and comments.

According to Snidow, the conference will specifically target what the government can offer as a resource.

"This conference expresses a commitment to rural development," Snidow said, "It offers a better opportunity for positive growth."

The conference is sponsored by CNCC and all community leaders and those involved in economic development are encouraged to attend. Call Pattie Snidow at (970) 824-1118 for more information and call Robin Brumback at (970) 824-1109 to RSVP.

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